This work rejects the view that abstraction can be traced as a succession of stylistic trends, each set within its particular art-historical context. It offers readings of specific paintings by such artists as Kasimir Malevich, Naum Gabo, Piet Mondrian and Jackson Pollock.
Celebrates the vision of Steampunk artists from around the world, providing insight into the captivating and dynamic world of a vastly underground genre. This title features 17 artists who have had their work displayed in an exhibition at The Museum of History of Science at the University of Oxford.
Cubism was the most influential artistic movement that emerged in the twentieth century. With over 100 illustrations this fascinating book recounts the history of cubism and discusses how principal writings, from the likes of Apollinaire to Rosalind Krauss, have shaped its importance over the years.
Examines the special fascination of still life, and what distinguishes it from other categories of painting. The author discusses its evolution from the trompe l'oeil wall paintings of antiquity, through its revival in the age of Caravaggio and Velazquez, and again in the works of Cezanne and Picasso.
Pop Art is the most important 20th-century art movement. It brought Modernism to the masses, making art sexy and fun with coke cans and comics. Describing the great works by Warhol, Lichtenstein and other key figures, the author also re-examines the movement for the 21st century and asks if it is still art?
Aimed at anyone who would like to be able to pick up a pencil and just draw, this book provides a foolproof way to pick up the skills - and most importantly the confidence - to sketch and experiment without the hang-ups and inhibitions that can all too often get in the way of our creativity.
Presents a comprehensive introduction to the major issues in the history of portraiture. The text's chapters are structured chronologically, progressing from the Italian Renaissance to Dutch 17th-century portraiture and on to Picasso, surrealism, Lucian Freud and Cindy Sherman.
Studies major works by important sculptors since Rodin in the light of different approaches to general sculptural issues to reveal the logical progressions from nineteenth-century figurative works to the conceptual work of the present.
Interpreting American architecture, this text explores the subject in relation to five themes: community, nature, technology, money, and art. In giving particular attention to indigenous, folk, ethnic and popular architectures it seeks to reveal the richness of America's human landscape.
This is Performance Art is a detailed exploration of artist Mel Brimfield's practice in which she works with dancers, musicians, comedians and theatre makers in an exploration of twentieth century performance art.
Graffbook - The Graffiti Sketchbook. Unleash your inner graffiti writer all over blank walls, trains, subways, freighters and and sticker outlines in this beautiful black book. 168 Pages of fresh clean walls to bomb, tag and throw up on. 120 pages of uncoated art paper. 48 pages of matte coated art paper
Tells the story of how architecture became obsessed with the flashy, the monumental and the ostentatious - and how we all have to live with the consequences. This book explores cityscapes from New York to Beijing, and from Bilbao to Portsmouth, the author shows that we are not just witnessing a new kind of building.
Based on twenty years of research in the graffiti and street art scenes, Street Art World is the first book to provide a history and context for the words and images that appear in cities all around the world. Inviting the reader into a realm that is usually hidden, it will enthral all those who enjoy this global phenomenon.
What is contemporary art? What makes it 'contemporary'? What is it for? And why is it so expensive? From museums and the art market to biennales and the next big thing, this book offers insights into today's art scene, decoding 'artspeak', explaining what curators do, demystifying conceptual art, exploring emerging art markets and more.
During the first third of the 20th century, Russian art went through a series of dramatic changes, reflecting the political and social upheavals of the country. Illustrated with more than 100 photographs and facsimiles, this book helps us in understanding the motivations and struggles that produced an extraordinary, seminal period in Russian art.
Architecture matters. To our cities, to our planet, to our personal lives. How we design and what we build has an impact that usually lasts for generations. This book focuses on the mechanisms, politics and personalities that play a role in how buildings in our societies and urban centres come to be.
Hand carving is easy, satisfying and therapeutic. Create your own unique pieces and carve with confidence thanks to detailed information on tools, cutting techniques and clear step-by-step photography accompanying each project.
Gives you an understanding of the ways in which modern art differs from realistic works of earlier centuries. This book examines 100 works of modern art that have attracted critical and public hostility from Cy Twomblys scribbled "Olympia", Jean-Michel Basquiats crude but spontaneous "LNAPRK", and more.
Numerous designers have pioneered cutting-edge garments and collections throughout the evolution of fashion. But all too often a lack of obvious fit or purpose has been mistaken for a lack of design sophistication. This title champions the improbable, the provocative, the uncomfortable and the seemingly ridiculous.
Examines buildings from the past half century or so that pushed the boundaries of what was architecturally acceptable when they were built. This book explores the history of these buildings and their makers, presenting relevant biographical factors and socio-cultural influences that impacted on the distinctive designs.
Includes an array of cat characters take the starring roles in a variety of instantly recognizable settings. This compilation features feline re-imaginings of scenes from art, theatre, opera, ballet and films.
What is landscape? How does it differ from "land"? This book explores issues raised by the great range of ideas and images of the natural world in Western art since the Renaissance. Topics include landscape as cultural construct and landscape art as picturesque. Context is considered throughout.
In the OXFORD HISTORY OF ART series, a look at innovative and avant-garde sculpture in relation to contemporary events, festivals, commissions and the changing functions of museums. Explores Anti-form, minimalism, Earth Art, Performance Art and other forms, presenting a holistic picture of post-war sculpture which will stimulate future debate.